The new Toshiba Excite 7.7 comes with a 7.7" screen, Android's latest Ice Cream Sandwich OS and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor for only $499. So how do all the features play out? Matt Mira and Sara Underwood take a look on Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
At first glance, the Toshiba Excite 7.7 tablet looks like every other Android tablet with a black border and silver, plastic back.
It does have a good feel to it with the 7" form factor, which means you can hold it in one hand.
The is one of the three Excite models (including a 10" and 13" size).
The build quality is solid and definitely doesn't feel cheap.
The micro SD and micro USB slots are on the bottom.
The side features familiar buttons that feel pretty solid.
On the other side are down-facing speakers which don't get very loud and don't sound veyr good.
The screen is really good: it's an AMOLED screen with a 1280x800 resolution, which is pretty much the same exact screen as the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
We're a fan of these AMOLED screens because the color saturation is fantastic and the blacks are really dark.
We would even argue that colors look better on this screen than Apple's Retina Display.
This 7" model is actually more expensive than the 10" Excite because of this beautiful screen (the 10" model has a regular LCD).
The tablet was also fast, thanks to two major components: Android 4.0 and the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor inside.
That's a quad-core chip powering this guy and Ice Cream Sandwich flies on it.
Another big positive is that it's near stock Android 4.0, which means there are no stupid skins getting in the way of the OS.
All that said, there is still a lack of great apps for Android tablets.
While the tablet is fast, that doesn't matter if there isn't any good software.
The camera is pretty much exactly what you would expect: crappy.
It's a fast camera thanks to all the things we mentioned above but there must be some crazy data that a lot of people use on these cameras, because I don't know why they are on here.
You're going to get about 10 hours of battery life from this tablet, so you can go a day or two without having to charge it.
Another bonus from the AMOLED screen is that it doesn't hog battery power like LCD screens.